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Connecting Reading with Writing in Kindergarten

Reading and Writing in Kindergarten

I am thrilled to be joining Share a Story, Shape a Future 2013 blog tour with other great literacy, children’s book and education bloggers!

My contribution is the connection between reading independently and writing for Kindergarteners … more specifically the idea of invented spelling as a necessary step that marries writing with reading.

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The Importance of Invented Spelling: The Writing Connection to Reading!

We had the most amazing Kindergarten teacher — Ms. C —  for all three of my kids. As rookie parents, she held our hand and guided us gently through the academic rigors of Kindergarten. Seriously, Kindergarten is the new First Grade. Ms. C’s goal was and is to get the kids reading by the end of Kindergarten.

She stressed the importance of writing as an important literacy step towards reading independently. In fact, invented spelling — you know that fabulous and funny spelling kids use when they first start sounding out words — is CRITICAL to teaching kids how to read independently.

“Froshus dobrmn pensr” is an example of invented spelling. What do you think the child is trying to communicate? Yes, ferocious Doberman Pinscher!

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LIVE CHAT with Tad Hills and Learning to Read

Learning to Read with Magnetic Alphabet Game

Live Chat with Tad Hills of How Rocket Learned to Read

Tuesday, May 8th. 9 pm EST. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Fun & Educational Board Games

Best Educational Board Games for Kids

First of all, I want to confess that I am not a board game person. I do occasionally get forced into playing board games with my kids so I am familiar with some of these games but it’s always a balancing act to play with them as I am asked to modulate my play: “Play hard against me, mom, but not too hard. You’re playing too easy against me.” And my youngest freaks out if he loses so I always have to keep that into consideration. Should I let him win to keep him from throwing a nutty? Or is it good to teach him to lose gracefully? Is he even capable of losing gracefully? Is this a lesson best learned on the soccer field? This is not fun for me. Read more…

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iPad apps for Autistic Kids

Best iPad Apps for Autistic Children

My husband gave me this link to a 60 Minutes segment on Apps for Autism. It was about how Steve Jobs changed the world significantly for those with special needs. Read more…

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Learning Through Gaming from a 3rd Grade Teacher!

3rd Grade Learning Through Gaming Ideas

Ananth Pai is a third-grade über teacher at Parkview/Center Point Elementary school in Maplewood, Minnesota. He uses online games to teach and it’s a rousing success as measured by test results. Pai says that in a matter of four months, the class’s reading and math scores went from below average for third grade to mid-fourth-grade level. His site is here. Read more…

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Best Phonics Workbooks and Reading Strategies

Best Phonics Workbooks to Help Your Child Read

There’s nothing like feeling like your child is falling behind to prompt a Pragmatic Mom to scramble for supplemental materials to catch her darling up.  Whether you feel your child is begging for phonics or that your child needs a little boost to be where they should be, these phonics materials really work and come recommended by three mom friends who were also teachers. Read more…

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ABC Pocket Phonics App

ABC Phonics App for Kids

I found this app online and asked for a code to try it out.  I was thinking of my son, now 6-year-old (he just had a birthday), who is in Kindergarten.  But then I noticed that this app was featured in a post of apps for high functioning autistic children so I thought it was kismet and clearly I need to check out this app which has been sitting on my iPhone untouched for a while. Read more…

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Flip Phonics App is for the Birds (Angry Birds)

Phonics App for Kids

When my oldest was a preschooler, I used to buy those phonics workbooks at Costco.  Those books were completely a waste of time (I now discovered Explode the Code! which is much, much better), but they were colorful and fun.  Some of the pages required cutting out a page to make a paper version of this Flip Phonic app.  You’d slide one long piece of paper up and down and sound out “cat”, “bat”, “rat,” “fat” …  look Ma, we’re reading! Read more…